Thousands are expected in Congleton town centre to soak up the festive atmosphere today (Friday) when Santa will switch on the Christmas lights.
With the High Street closed to traffic, the fun starts at 4pm and continues until 8pm with the big switch-on at 6pm.
Congleton Town Council, with the support of Congleton Community Projects and Mark’s Events, is promising an evening full of entertainment and some much-needed Christmas cheer.
The emphasis this year – during the cost of living crisis – is on free family fun with the option to buy local and support local groups, if people wish to spend.
Among the attractions will be Cairngorm reindeers, children can enjoy a free visit to Santa’s grotto and there will be plenty of activities for them in the town hall.
The town centre festive fun starts at 4pm and will continue until 8pm.
Lantern owners will gather in Back Street car park from 5.30pm ready to lead Santa in his sleigh to the Christmas tree for the big switch-on at 6pm.
Entertainment on the main stage includes Rode Hall Silver Band, Andy Hofton, Karamba Band, Flaming Fools fire dancers, Storm Troopers and an Abba tribute. There will be more crowd pleasing performances and walkabout characters in the pedestrian area near the Elizabeth statue.
High Street and Bridge Street will be lined with a mixture of local charity, food and craft stalls and many shops are bound to stay open later, adding to the Christmas atmosphere.
Excitement will mount when the traditional lantern parade will lead Santa in his sleigh to the Christmas tree on High Street for the big switch-on at 6pm.